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E-mail your calendar listing to: Or click here to submit your event online.. Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost for nonprofit organizations. Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Daily: The Mayor Hull Show. Go to Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull talks about issues facing Rio Rancho.

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve—from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

Monthly: Various community events at Loma Colorado Main Library. The library will be hosting a variety of events all month long ranging from book signings, to poetry readings, lectures, concerts, arts and crafts, meet and greets, etc. The library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Boulevard in Rio Rancho. For more information about the library or each month’s activities, visit

Ongoing/Monthly: Urban Horticulture Classes. Sponsored by the Free. Open to public. Registration preferred.

First Mondays: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) Board Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Public welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. Info: call 867-3311,

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Extended hours available. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $19 dollars per day. Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

Tuesdays and Thurs: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 1-4 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. 934-2649.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers’ Club Welcome Coffee. 10 a.m. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte (not affiliated with church). Learn about the Clubs’ many varied activities. Membership is open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area, including Sandoval County, for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives.  It’s a great way to make new friends and increase your social life. Sign up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining out, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, single’s and men’s groups, etc. Info: 321-6970,

First Tuesdays: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All-breed kennel club. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

First Tuesdays: Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce—Board of Directors meeting. 11:30 a.m., at the GSCCC offices at 282 South Camino del Pueblo, Suite 2 D in Bernalillo, NM. Call 404-8492 or visit

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meeting. 6 p.m. Held in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities who need accommodations should call 771-7110 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is posted on the ESCAFCA website ( and at the front desk of the Town Hall by Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesdays: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. Info:

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

Fourth Tuesdays: Placitas Democrats and Friends. 6-7:30 p.m. Held at Placitas Community Library. Meetings are open to the public and feature candidates for local, state, national offices. 259-5860.

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Held at Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

Wednesdays: Seniors (62+) ride free on the Rail Runner. Bring valid photo ID (with birthdate).

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. 6-7 p.m. Have a Desire to Stop Drinking? Celebrate Sobriety with us and learn how to stay sober. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas (Room 8), Just south of Highway 550 in Bernalillo. 266-1990.

Wednesdays: Cub Scout meetings. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. New members are always welcome. 867-4689, 867-2047.

Wednesdays: Rotary Club of Rio Rancho Sunrise. 7 a.m. For breakfast, fellowship, a great speaker, and a chance to get involved in local and worldwide service projects. At Club Rio Rancho (used to be Chamisa Hills CC), 500 Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho. Info: Mac McKinney, 892-4313.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by the Free and open to the public. Registration preferred. Sandoval County Ext. Office, Bernalillo. 929-0414.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will be on hand. Attendees should bring all of their paperwork. Expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. 797-6077.

Second Wednesdays: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. Info:, 301-2009, or

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. 898-6884.

Third Wednesdays: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo.  

Third Wednesdays (except December): Las Placitas Association Board meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center.

First Thursday: Sandoval County veteran’s outreach and business counseling. 1-4 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Road in Bernalillo. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA benefits and state Veteran benefits. Come learn about your potential benefits. Bring your DD-214. 383-2414.

First and third Thursdays (except for November and December): Sandoval County Commission meeting. 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Sandoval Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road Building D, Bernalillo. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

Second Thursday: Support meeting for all Parkinson’s patients and care givers. 1:30-3 p.m. Held at St.Paul’s Church 1101 Golf Course Road in Rio Rancho. The New Mexico Parkinson Disease Coalition (NMPDC) works to enhance the quality of life for those suffering from Parkinson’s through education, awareness, and support.

Third Thursdays: Free business forum workshop. 10-noon. Held at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at, or by contacting Susan at 999-1835 or

Third Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board of Directors Meetings. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Meeting notices and agendas are posted at the library and Placitas Post Office.

Fourth Thursdays: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Last Thursday: Sandoval County veteran’s outreach and business counseling. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Held at 433 Meadowlark SE in Rio Rancho. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA benefits and state Veteran benefits. Come learn about your potential benefits. Bring your DD-214. 383-2414.

First Friday: Monthly luncheon of the Democratic Party of Sandoval County. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Range Cafe in Bernalillo, 925 Camino del Pueblo. Sandoval Democrats gather once a month (most months) to welcome speakers, candidates, and government representatives. You pay for your lunch from the menu, or come for the meeting.

Fridays: Sandoval County Stroke Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Provides weekly support to survivors of stroke, their caregivers, adult family members, and health care providers. Water and light snacks provided. No charge for meetings. Social outings arranged six times a year. Geri: 620-8802.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheons. 11:30 a.m. Public is welcome.  Held at the Inn at Rio Ranco, located at 1465 Rio Rancho Blvd. Sandra Atwood,, 554-5054.

Saturdays: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. Sandia Ranger District: 281-3305.

Saturdays: Los Ranchos Growers’ Market. 7-noon. Held at 6718 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Los Ranchos. 890-2799.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 Highway 165, six miles east of I-25. Community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations, volunteers welcome.

Third Saturdays: Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited.

Fourth Saturdays: Community Flea Market at Homestead Village in Placitas. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 per space, $10 table rental, $15 pop-up tent rental. No food or drink sales or firearms permitted. Donations of items can also be dropped off at the library. Info: Ellen at 404-8657,

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market. 9-noon. Located at Corrales and Jones Road. 259-0203.

December 1: Town of Bernalillo Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. 6 p.m. Bernalillo Town Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo. Caroling, cookies, hot cider for all.

December 2: 2017 Nighttime Christmas Parade. 6 p.m. On Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. Catch candy from floats. Parade concludes at Rotary Park with a bonfire, biscochitos, and hot cider.

December 1-3: 29th Old Church Fine Crafts Show. Dozens of artists will display and sell their artwork and goods. Held at Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro. Free and open to the public. 899-2772.

December 2 and 3: Rio Rancho Youth Chorus presents winter concert and art show. Concert at 2 p.m.; art show from 1-5 p.m. Held at Community of Joy, located at 841 Saratoga Drive in Rio Rancho.

December 3: “Cookies and Cranes.” 1-5 p.m. Held at Corrales Bosque Gallery. A selection of handmade ornaments by gallery members will be on display along with a table loaded with cookies to delight! Try your skills at origami paper folding to make a colorful crane to take home.

December 3: Placitas Artist Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Featuring Sol y Canto and visual artists Victoria Mauldin, acrylic; Barbara J. McGuire, watercolor; Harriet Neal, photography; and Stephen Palmer, acrylic. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible. For ticket information and further details, see page 2 of this Signpost.

December 4: Monthly meeting of the Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA). 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Fire Station on Route 165.  All residents are welcome to attend.

December 6: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Jardineros will hold its monthly meeting.  This month features a Celebration of Our Friendship Holiday Party.  Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent and charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. For more information see or contact Kathy Bruch at 404-8621.

December 8: Artist reception for “Trash to Treasure—Recycled Art.” 5-7 p.m. Held at Placitas Community Library. Exhibit will be on display from December 2-28.

December 9: Luminarias Under the Stars. 5-8 p.m. Held at a Park Above, 2441 Westside Court SE in Rio Rancho. Hot chocolate, apple cider, and cookies will be available.

December 9: Light Among the Ruins. 3 p.m. Held in the Village of Jemez Springs at Jemez Historic Site. Arts and crafts, food vendors, a warm-up tent, live holiday music, and complimentary shuttle service at the Jemez Valley Community Park adjacent to the Jemez Valley Credit Union.

December 13: New and prospective member meeting for the Back Country Horsemen Northwest Chapter. 6:30 p.m. Held Mario’s Pizzeria and Restaurant, 5700 Fourth Street, NW in Albuquerque (4th & Montano). This is a nonprofit organization committed to keeping public lands open for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. We maintain existing trails and clear new trails in national forests and on BLM land. 261-4667.

December 14: Sandoval County Commission meeting. 6 p.m. Public is welcome to attend. 1500 Idalia, Rd, Building D, Bernalillo.

December 14: Sandoval County veteran’s outreach and business counseling. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Held at the Bernalillo Senior Center, 255 S. Camino Del Pueblo. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA benefits and state Veteran benefits. Come learn about your potential benefits. Bring your DD-214. 383-2414.

December 16-17: CHS “Festival of the Nativities.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Held at Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, in Corrales. Nativities, also called crèches, from around the world will be beautifully displayed in a festively decorated Old Church. Multiple local choirs will be performing holiday music and carols during the show both days, as well as solo performers. Come enjoy the music and light refreshments.

December 17: Santa Fe Opera Winter Tour Concert. 7:00 p.m. Free public concert with artists from the Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program. One hour with popular songs of the season and arias. First come, first served. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, in Placitas. 280-2408,

December 20: 2017 Bernalillo’s Annual Holiday Social. 6-8 p.m. Bernalillo Recreation Center, 370 Rotary Park Road. Holiday displays, refreshments, live entertainment, Santa appearance for kids. Free; open to everyone. 238-0689.

December 21: Winter Solstice Celebration. 7 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church will host the twentieth annual Candlelight Poetry Reading, sponsored by the LPPC Earthcare Fellowship. The theme this year is Sonidos—Sounds of Solstice. All are encouraged to attend.

December 24: Las Posadas de Placitas. Starts at 5:30 p.m. at the south side of the Presbyterian Church and will continue into the Village of Placitas on Paseo de San Antonio. Everyone welcome. Singers, dancers, and guitar players are sought. Practice time for singers and dancers will be held on December 10 and December 17 at Placitas Community Center at 5:30 p.m. 903-3997.

December 25: Santa at Bernalillo Town Hall. Noon-1 p.m. 829 Camino del Pueblo. Goodie bags for kids, pictures with Santa. Hang out with the Bernalillo Fire Department.

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